{Meal Plan} My Dry January Attempt and Pinning & Planning Our Dinner Menu: Week of January 8 #DryJanuary

We’re one week into 2017.

How are you managing your goals?

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I decided for the first time ever to give Dry January a shot (pardon the pun). While I’ve abstained from alcohol consumption before, I’ve never attempted to quit drinking cold turkey right after the holidays.  I always weaned myself after the holidays, but for 2017, I went for a detox straight up.

Last summer, I successfully managed my alcoholic consumption but somehow around October I seriously fell off the wagon. My drinking was out of control. My intense desire to drink was causing me to count down the hours until I could have a glass of wine which quickly became a whole bottle.

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I’m not proud of how much I was drinking but I am proud of that I realized I had a problem and the alcohol was controlling me. I know people will say “It’s about moderation”, but lately I can’t seem to have one and be done or nurse a drink. And then with the drinking comes the munchies and my inability to control what I’m eating.

All my efforts (working out, menu planning, eating healthy and portion control) are all for naught if my alcoholic consumption is out of control.

It needs to STOP! And NOW!

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Honestly if I’m looking forward to drinking and counting down the hours until I grab a drink then there’s a problem. I need to turn inward instead of grabbing a drink and find healthy ways to combat that desire to drink whether it’s chamomile tea, club soda or meditation.

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And that’s why I decided to go dry. So far, I’ve survived a week. Here’s to a successful sobriety! Wish me luck!#dryjanuary -funny

Have you ever attempted Dry January or go without alcohol for longer than a month?

Now onto this week’s menu! I’m still following a 1200-calorie menu even though during the holidays I was drinking 1200 calories. Back on track with meal planning!

7-day 1200 Calorie Meal Plan

Run DMT’s 7-Day 1200 Calorie Meal Plan

Soup Sunday

Breakfast – Sliced of Seed Your Soul Bread with 1 Tbsp sunbutter and ½ sliced banana

Snack – 1 apple and a cheese stick

Lunch – Romaine lettuce wrap with 2 slices of Applegate turkey, ½ avocado & red onion

Dinner –  Leeky, Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Snack – ½ cup grapes

 

Meatless Monday

Breakfast – 1 cup Greek yogurt and ½ cup mixed berries

Snack – Apple and 2 Tb sunbutter

Lunch – Mixed greens salad with 2 Tbsp hummus

Dinner  – Raviolis with Butternut Squash Sauce

Snack – 2 kiwi

 

Tuesday

Breakfast – Sliced of Seed Your Soul Bread with 2 Tb sunbutter and ½ sliced banana

Snack – 1 cup Greek yogurt and ½ cup mixed berries

Lunch – Romaine lettuce wrap with 2 slices of Applegate turkey, ½ avocado & red onion

Snack – Apple and 2 Tb sunbutter

Dinner – Asian-Style Sticky Ginger Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Asian Slaw

Snack – 1 cup mixed fruit

 

Wednesday

Breakfast – 1 cup non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt with berries

Snack – 2 Tbsp hummus with 2 stalks of celery

Lunch – Asian-Style Sticky Ginger Grilled Chicken and Asian Slaw

Snack – 1 small apple and 2 Tbsp sunbutter

Dinner – America’s Test Kitchen Beef Stroganoff

Snack – 1 cup mixed fruit

 

Thursday

Breakfast – Sliced of Seed Your Soul Bread with 2 Tb sunbutter and ½ sliced banana

Snack – 2 Tb hummus with 2 stalks of celery

Lunch – Romaine lettuce wrap with 2 slices of Applegate turkey, ½ avocado & red onion

Snack – 1 small apple and 2 Tbsp sunbutter

Dinner – Peppers & Chicken Sausage

Snack – 1 cup mixed fruit

 

Friday

Breakfast – 1 cup non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt with Strawberries

Snack – 2 Tb hummus with 2 stalks of celery

Lunch – Romaine lettuce wrap with 2 slices of Applegate turkey, ½ avocado & red onion

Snack – 1 small apple and 2 Tbsp sunbutter

Dinner – Homemade pizza and flatbread with a Mixed Greens Salad

What are your personal goals for 2017?  What recipes are you pinning and planning for your dinner menu this week? 

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Denise

From start to finish, Denise is Run DMT, a Tampa Bay marathon mom on the run trying to maintain an easy pace through it all between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 13, 9, 4). In 2007, I discovered a passion for running and in February 2015, I completed my tenth marathon, however, I continue to train for a variety of races and triathlons. In my spare time, I founded Tampa Bay Bloggers, a hyperlocal blogging network.

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One comment

  1. Natashia Shannon says:

    Great job on week 1! I made it through a dry day so far this month lol but I am going to atleast try to exercise more, cut back on alcoholic and food calories now that the holidays are over. We can do this!

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